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#231 ANC Journal (10.1. 2017)

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In Matthew 25, we see a prophetic glimpse of the future, when all the nations of the earth will be gathered, and Jesus will separate the sheep and the goats.  Many on that final judgment will be alarmed when they think that they have lived righteous lives, and yet have not extended their hands out to help the needy around them.  Because of the faith we have in Christ, we desire to extend God’s love and grace to a lost and dying world around us.  It’s almost like we’ve fallen in love with a lover, and we want to tell everyone of our new-found love! 


We learn that in most of the major religions of the world including Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism, they must do righteous deeds in order to one day hopefully gain salvation.  For genuine Christians, our works do not earn salvation, but a byproduct of being saved means that in gratitude and thankfulness we want to help those that may need clothing, are hungry, in prison, or are sick.  There have been many seasons when I have participated in homeless ministries or missions trips because I recognized that I had been given so much.  In response to God’s goodness, I wanted to give of my time, money, and resources to those around me.  Considering that my time here on earth is but a glimpse, I want to make as great as an impact I can to help God’s saints.  Let us remember how much we have been given in terms of spiritual and financial blessings.  Let us then remember not to squander it all to ourselves, but be an extension of God’s blessings to those we may seem to pass by on the streets, those we may look down upon because they may not dress, talk, or eat like us. Jesus sees all that we do for Him, to the least of them.  Remember, the little acts of kindness we show to strangers, Jesus receives it as we were serving God Himself.


Pastor Joshua Park


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